Luigi Penna, "Vigiotö", born in 1915, bought the vineyards, sourrounding his father's homestead, in 1945 after returning home from a period of military service in Greece. His wines were soon appreciated by a great number of friends. Luigi says "Everyone encouraged me, my wines were above all appreciated for the location of the vineyards and for my method of quality research."
Wine is the mirror and soul of the earth, our territory, which is to be protected and defended as a faithful ally. The Rabajà di Bruno Rocca Company’s wines, made using grapes from land which has been expertly nurtured since the company’s outset, offer the perfect expression of this combination. Today's company has 15 hectares of vineyards that stretch for most of the town of Barbaresco in the heart of Rabajà, but also in the town of Neive Treiso and just where they purchased 4 acres in the area of Curra up to in Asti.
“Poderi e Cantine Oddero” is a historic name among Barolo producers (Estate & Winery since 1878). Run for generations by men, it is now in the hands of Mariacristina and Mariavittoria, the daughters of Giacomo Oddero, The company dedicates its full attention to the winemaking process, blending traditional ancient wisdom and modern production techniques with patience and tenacity: from the pruning of the vines to the pressing of the grapes, up to the ageing of selected vintages.
All the vineyards are located in La Morra, in the little village of Santa Maria where the cellar, called Prima, is situated. Up to 1987 Viberti gave all the grapes to the local cooperative wine growers' association. The starting point of this great adventure is based on his parents’ values: respect for the land and the work linked to tradition. Viberti works personally in the vineyard and only uses organic soil. All the work is done by hand.
Malvirà was established in the 1950s by Giuseppe Damonte, at a time when the Roero’s potential was yet unrealized. In 1974, Roberto and Massimo took the reigns and began slowly turning the family’s bulk wine business into an Estate focusing on quality wine production. They recognized that great wines come from meticulously farmed Estate vineyards. Today, Malvirà’s wines are produced from Estate fruit, organically farmed across 104 acres and 6 vineyards. Over the years, they have been one of the most ardent proponents of the Arneis grape. 42 of their 104 acres are devoted to the propagation of Arneis.
The Roagna family makes their wines in a way that represents the vineyards' terroir and, most important, their own tastes. They aren't interested in creating a wine to please only the critics or the market. The people behind the bottlings could be called throwbacks. The burly Roagna is a third-generation winemaker. He and his wife, Marina, are the sum total of their operation, putting in 14-hour days at their recently refurbished winery in the Roero Hills, between Alba and Asti. Asked where they like to go for a vacation, Marina laughed and said through an interpreter, "I don't remember." The wines themselves, however, aren't old-school in the least. They are the end result of immaculate, state-of-the-art production facilities and methods. Each shows balance, concentrated red-fruit flavors and surprising nuance in their distinctive varietal styles.
The Correggia winery continues to set the pace for other wineries in the area, providing topics for discussion and food for thought. This is the way of things ever since the much-mourned Matteo showed just how much potential there was in an apparently marginal area. Today, Ornella and her exceptional staff is a champion of sustainable viticulture. Correggia's natural approach means working the land in the full awareness of the surrounding environment. It's another field in which Correggia is leading the way, sensibly and without ostentation.
Vigna del Noce
This family estate is a Barbera specialist located in the Asti hills in the hamlet of Vianoce. The winery is based in the early nineteenth century complex of Agliano Terme, which has been in the family since the 1920s. The brothers, Secondo and Serafino began the winery at this time, and have passed on the reigns to their sons, Renato and Ezio. The winery now makes one of the longest-lived and most profound examples of Barbera to be found in all of Italy. The family believes that the underrated Barbera grape is a variety capable of producing wines of profound complexity and serious longevity, if cultivated from old vines in top sites and vinified to allow graceful evolution in bottle. With this in mind, they farm all of their vines organically and are extremely meticulous with their viticulture. Ezio is a close friend of Giampiero Bea of Paolo Bea in Montefalco, and the wines of both estates share a similar style and rustic soulfulness.
The Carmina wine-making firm owned by the Alessandro Sacchetto family encompasses about 15 hectares (approximately 37 acres) of vineyards spread across the hills northeast of Conegliano, Italy, where grapevines have always offered their best and where in particular Prosecco wine has found its natural home. For over 20 years, the Carmina vineyards have been guaranteed the most enviable care and supervision: proper draining so as to insure the stability of the hilly ground itself, correct systemization of the crop, a choice of varieties and selection of the most suitable clones. All this careful supervision has as its end purpose a balanced yield per hectare in order to guarantee the wine an especially superior quality. As wine-makers, we have equipped ourselves with the most advanced technology in order to safeguard and improve the features, typicality and quality of wine products prepared in limited amounts and thus intended for a highly knowledgeable clientele.
Rubinelli Vajol only produces numbered bottles of the Valpolicella classical wines: amarone, ripasso, valpolicella. All of their wines feature the five native grapes of Valpolicella classical: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara and Oseleta. The polyphony of flavours and aromas of the five local vine varieties are safeguarded exclusively in large oak barrels from France and Slavonia. During the long period of refinement these barrels lend just the right balance of wood, preserving and exalting the intense full-bodied aromas of these fruits of the land.
Schiopetto is a leading light of the wine industry in Friuli, the most eastern region of Italy’s north. He began in the 1960’s making new and highly controversial wines that would eventually inspire the entire Italian wine industry. Mario Schiopetto's name is associated with the top revolutionary winemakers such as Giacomo Bologna, Angelo Gaia and Sergio Manetti of Montevertine. These producers literally ushered in a new era of Italian wine. In fact he maintains a cult status in Italy as well as abroad. The wines are fresh, clean and complex expressions of fruit.
Forchir was founded at the beginning of the last century in Felettis di Bicinicco, making it one of the oldest winemaking estates in Friuli. Gianfranco Bianchini is determined to make quality wines with "Terroir,” a unique interaction of the vine with the environment; a condition that cannot be duplicated in other areas. The unique soil and climate allow the vines to express their full potential. The vines are cultivated with the lowest environmental impact and winemaking takes place without using any sulfur dioxide.
Bissoni is a small winery which was born from the greatest and ancient mankind's passion: getting the best from the earth while respecting nature and environment. This has been their aim since they started growing vines in 1988, when Bissoni bought a farm named Colecchio located just opposite the hill of Bertinoro; 12 hectares on a wonderful natural terrace where vines and olive trees have been grown ever since Roman times. This area, where in the past the excavations brought to light several prehistoric flints as well as many Roman objects, has always been called "Casticciano", from the Latin "Castricius".
The Pacenti estate was established in 1970, with the purchase of the property north of Montalcino (Pelagrilli) by Siro, who then proceeded to plant some important vineyards, which are still there today, in the fresh, clay soils of the land overlooking Siena. In 1988, management passed into the hands of Giancarlo. This was the year of the harvest in which Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino Siro Pacenti were bottled for the first time.
Ciràsa was founded nearly 20 years ago near the tiny town of Camporeale, 20 miles southwest of Palermo. The winery is devoted to organic agriculture, biodiversity and local social engagement. The vineyards are located on the windy hillsides outside of Camporeale at 1,000-1,650 feet altitude. The vines are organically and dry farmed, with the vineyards grassed over and never plowed. No chemicals are used (pesticides, fertilizers, additives, etc). The harvest is done by hand into 30-pound boxes and carefully delivered to the winery to avoid loss of juice due to crushing.